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Discover Athens & Ancient Corinth: 8-Hour Private Tour

Embark on an unforgettable 8-hour private tour that takes you through the heart of Athens and the historical wonders of Ancient Corinth. With Athens Tour Greece, you’ll visit some of the most important sites in close proximity to Athens, immersing yourself in the rich history and culture of Greece.

Itinerary of our 8-Hour Private Tour in Athens and Ancient Corinth

The itinerary includes major historical and cultural landmarks both inside and outside of Athens. Highlights include the iconic Acropolis and Parthenon, the panoramic Mars Hill, the imposing Temple of Zeus, the ancient Agora, the picturesque Plaka neighborhood, and the Roman Agora. The tour also includes visits to important modern sites such as Constitution Square, the House of Parliament, the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier amd Lycabettus Hill. Beyond Athens, the itinerary includes the engineering marvel of the Corinth Canal and the ruins of Ancient Corinth.

  • A visit to the Acropolis and the Parthenon of Athens
  • A visit to the picturesque quarter of Plaka
  • Take impressive photos at the Corinth Canal
  • Visit the archaeological site of Ancient Corinth
  • An experienced and skilled English speaking tour driver for a safe and comfortable tour
  • Also available as a shore excursion from the port of Piraeus (Athens), or as a Christian tour

The Wonders of the Acropolis and Parthenon

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Propylaea, Acropolis

Your 8 hour private tour begins at the crown jewel of Athens: the Acropolis. This ancient citadel, perched high above the city, is home to some of the most iconic structures of Western civilization. As you climb the marble steps of the Propylaea, you’ll feel the weight of history beneath your feet and the awe-inspiring presence of the Parthenon looming ahead.

Built in the 5th century BC, the Temple of Parthenon is a symbol of Athens’ golden age and the genius of classical Greek architecture. Marvel at the intricate details of the Doric columns, the meticulously carved friezes, and the harmonious proportions that have inspired artists and architects for centuries.

From the Parthenon’s vantage point, you’ll also enjoy breathtaking views of modern Athens stretching below you, a city where ancient history and contemporary life intertwine seamlessly.

Exploring the Heart of Modern Athens

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The Academy of Athens

After visiting the Acropolis and Parthenon, your tour will take you to the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, a monument dedicated to the unnamed Greek soldiers who lost their lives in war. This solemn site is located in front of the Parliament House at Syntagma Square, the central square of Athens. Here, you’ll have the opportunity to witness the changing of the guards, a traditional ceremony performed by the Evzones, the elite members of the Greek Presidential Guard.

From Syntagma Square, you’ll embark on a scenic drive down Panepistimiou Avenue, one of the most important streets in Athens. Along the way, you’ll pass by the impressive Neoclassical Trilogy, which consists of the Academy of Athens, the University, and the National Library. These stunning buildings, constructed in the mid-19th century, showcase the grandeur and elegance of neoclassical architecture.

Temple of Olympian Zeus & Hadrian’s Arch

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Temple of Olympian Zeus

Your journey continues to Omonoia Square, another major square in the heart of Athens, known for its bustling atmosphere and diverse surroundings.

Next, you’ll visit the Temple of Olympian Zeus, one of the largest ancient temples in Greece. This colossal structure, dedicated to Zeus, the king of the Olympian gods, took nearly seven centuries to complete.

Adjacent to the temple stands Hadrian’s Arch, a monumental gateway built in honor of the Roman emperor Hadrian, who was a great benefactor of Athens.

The Charm of Plaka and the Ancient Agora

The Ancient Agora of Athens
The Ancient Agora of Athens

Your tour will then take you through the enchanting neighborhood of Plaka, often referred to as the “Neighborhood of the Gods” due to its proximity to the Acropolis. Plaka is known for its narrow, winding streets lined with colorful neoclassical houses, quaint shops, and inviting tavernas. As you stroll through this picturesque area, you’ll feel as though you’ve stepped back in time.

A highlight of your Plaka visit is the Ancient Agora, which served as the heart of ancient Athenian life. This public gathering space was where great minds such as Solon, Socrates, and Plato would congregate to discuss philosophy, politics, and the arts.

The Agora was also a significant site for early Christians, as it was one of the places where St. Paul preached during his time in Athens. As you explore the ruins of this historic site, you’ll gain a deeper understanding of the daily life and cultural significance of ancient Athens.

Panoramic Views from Lycabettus Hill

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Lycabettus Hill

Before heading to Corinth, your tour will take you to Lycabettus Hill, the highest point in Athens. From this vantage point, you’ll be treated to breathtaking panoramic views of the city, with the Acropolis standing proudly in the distance. This is the perfect opportunity to take memorable photos and appreciate the beauty of Athens from a different perspective.

After descending from Lycabettus Hill, you’ll enjoy a delicious lunch featuring authentic Greek flavors. This will be a chance to relax, refuel, and prepare for the next part of your journey to Corinth.

Scenic Drive to Corinth and the Corinth Canal

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Corinth Canal

Following lunch, your tour will continue with a scenic drive along the coastal national road towards Corinth. This route offers stunning views of the Saronic Gulf and passes through charming seaside villages, giving you a glimpse of the beautiful Greek coastline.

A highlight of this drive is the Corinth Canal, a man-made wonder that connects the Ionian Sea with the Aegean Sea. The canal, completed in 1893, cuts through the narrow Isthmus of Corinth, separating the Peloponnese from the Greek mainland. You’ll have the opportunity to stop and admire this impressive engineering feat, which stretches 6.4 kilometers (4 miles) in length and reaches a height of 90 meters (300 feet) at its highest point.

Exploring Ancient Corinth

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Temple of Apollo in Ancient Corinth

Upon arriving in Corinth, you’ll visit the ancient city where St. Paul lived, preached, and wrote two of his epistles to the Corinthians. Ancient Corinth was a thriving city-state and a major center of trade, known for its wealth, luxury, and decadence.

As you explore the archaeological site, you’ll discover the remains of this once-prosperous city, including the Ancient Agora and the Temple of Apollo.

The Ancient Agora of Corinth was the heart of public life, serving as a gathering place for political, commercial, and social activities.

The impressive Temple of Apollo, dating back to the 6th century BCE, stands as a testament to the city’s religious importance and architectural prowess.

Tour Type

Included in the tour

  • Transport by air-conditioned Mercedes-Benz vehicle or similar appropriate for the size of your group
  • Your tour will be accompanied by a professional English-speaking driver or escort possessing in-depth knowledge of Greece’s history and culture. They will provide insightful commentary throughout the journey, guiding you until the entrance of archaeological sites and museums. However, please note that drivers are not licensed to accompany you inside these venues.
  • If you desire a licensed state tour guide to escort you within the archaeological sites and museums, providing comprehensive insights and explanations, we can gladly arrange one for an additional cost. These licensed guides are freelance professionals, and their availability is subject to your tour date.
  • When a licensed tour guide or English-speaking tour escort accompanies a group, the professional driver may not necessarily speak English fluently. Their role is focused on providing safe transportation.
  • Pick up and drop off at your hotel in Athens. Extra charge for hotels outside Athens.
  • Pick up and drop off at Piraeus Port or Athens Airport.
  • Pick up and drop off at our terminal: Leof. Andrea Siggrou 37, 117 43 Athens, Greece.
  • Accommodation is based according to availability (for multiple-day tours only)
  • Road tolls and all local taxes

Excluded from the tour

  • Wine tasting fee (for wine tours)
  • Olive oil tasting fee (for olive oil tasting tours)
  • Optional Gratuities
  • Food and beverage
  • Your private chauffeur/guide will discuss a program best suited to your interest and mobile abilities. Option for a professional tour guide with a state license at an extra cost. Read more for the Differences between a Tour Guide and a Tour Driver

Cancellation Policy

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Additional info

  • Dress Code: When visiting religious sites, shoulders and knees must be covered out of respect for the cultural norms.
  • Please review our Terms & Conditions and Frequently Asked Questions
  • Upon booking, an electronic voucher will be emailed to you containing our contact information, tour details, and all necessary instructions. This voucher serves as your ticket and proof of purchase. Please present a printed or digital copy of the voucher on the day of your tour to redeem your activity.
  • City Tax for Hotel Stays: Effective from January 1st, 2018, a City Tax for hotel overnights is applicable and not included in our excursion rates. Clients will need to pay this tax directly at their hotel upon check-out. The amount per room is as follows: 5-star hotel: €4/overnight || 4-star hotel: €3/overnight || 3-star hotel: €1.50/overnight
  • Opening Hours and Entrance Fees for Archaeological Sites and Museums in Greece
  • Entrance Fees for Children from Non-EU Countries: Starting November 1st, 2019, children aged 6 and above from non-European Union (non-EU) countries will be required to pay the full entrance fee for Museums and Archaeological sites. For children from EU countries, the existing rates remain in effect. However, it is crucial to have their passports readily available to prove their nationality.

Persons with Disabilities

  • Due to uneven surfaces, certain sites are not recommended for persons with walking disabilities or using a wheelchair. Such sites are the Acropolis, the Temple of Poseidon at Sounion, Mycenae, Delphi and Meteora
  • In all cases, we recommend comfortable flat-solid walking shoes, sunglasses, and sunscreen.
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